The University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomes international applicants. An international applicant is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States.
- If you were born in a country other than the United States but claim United States citizenship, we require proof of United States citizenship as part of the application process. Please submit a copy of your United States passport to email@example.com.
- If you are international and currently residing in the United States, we require immigration documentation as part of the application process. Please submit a copy of your immigration documentation (I-20, DS-2019, visa stamp, I-94, I-797, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are admitted, it will be forwarded to International Student and Scholar Services for review where they will determine if your paperwork is sufficient for their purposes.
- If you are international but residing overseas at the time of applying, or if you are international and applying to an online-only program, we do not require immigration documentation.
The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is automatically waived for international applicants who earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree in the US. All other international applicants are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS test scores that meet these requirements:
- Applicants need to contact the testing agency to have the official scores sent to the UAB Graduate School. TOEFL scores should be submitted to institution code 1856; IELTS scores should be issued electronically or mailed directly to the UAB Graduate School
- Test scores that are more than five (5) years old will not be accepted. Since TOEFL/IELTS test scores expire with the testing agency after two (2) years, students may submit a copy of their score report within the 3 – 5 year timeframe and the Graduate School will accept this as official.
International applicants must provide documentation showing they have earned the equivalent of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from the United States to be eligible for admission consideration. Documentation requirements are outlined below. Official Transcripts and Degree Statements
- Original transcripts/marksheets bearing an official stamp must be submitted to the Graduate School. Copied, faxed, or scanned transcripts are considered unofficial.
- A separate statement confirming degree conferral (degree statement) bearing an official stamp is also required.
- Transcripts and degree statements must be in the original language of the international institution as well as in English.
- If you only have one set of original documents, please submit unofficial copies for review purposes. If admitted, original documents can be submitted to the Graduate School when you arrive in Birmingham. We will verify their authenticity in person and make copies for our records which will allow you to keep the original documents.
- If you will be enrolling in an online only program and will not be on campus, please send the original documents along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope so we can return them.
- Applicants who have not yet finished their degree should present a transcript showing they have earned a minimum of 91 complete semester hours or six (6) completed semesters.
We will accept a transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. We do not recognize transcript evaluations from other companies. If the graduate department allows a transcript evaluation from another company, it will be at their own discretion. Please note that a transcript evaluation can be used in conjunction with (not in lieu of) the official transcript/marksheet and degree statement. The only exception is the WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) as it includes verified copies of the official transcript/marksheet and degree statement.
We will forward your admission letter directly to UAB’s office of International Student and Scholar Services. A representative will contact you directly about submitting a financial affidavit and other documentation necessary to begin processing your immigration documents.
Students who do not qualify for direct admission to one of UAB's graduate programs may be eligible for admission in a Graduate Pathway through INTO UAB. For more information about this option, please contact INTO UAB directly.